Ethical, Sustainable, Regenerative Travel

I’m writing today, because it’s really important to me that you know my travel values and understand that the vendors I choose to work with have values that align with mine. My vendors’ trips are built on meaningful relationships with local communities and directly benefit the people and places we visit.

Japan

Shrines, temples, cherry blossoms, bullet trains, tea rooms, geishas, hot springs, sushi, sake, snow-capped volcanoes, bamboo forests … Japan is a country high on my bucket-list! From the fast-paced, human-centric pulse of Tokyo, to the slow, nature-centric walking-meditations in the Zen gardens of Kyoto, and everything between–these tours offer you a comprehensive introduction to this incredibly vibrant country, with plenty of free time for your own exploration and discovery.

Spain and Portugal

The Iberian Peninsula is like a shot of espresso to me–so much to offer for its relatively small size. Visit a room in my personal heaven, when you pair world-class regional wine with tapas or paella or ANYTHING in these culinary meccas. Or maybe art and architecture are your thing–Goya, Velaquez, Picasso, Dali, Gaudi–palaces, castles, cathedrals and museums housing art from the past thousand years. Or immerse yourself in the region’s rich history, which can’t be separated from the influences of various religions–Islam, Judaism, Protestantism and Catholicism.

Greece

When you visit Greece for the first time, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wondering if those Greek myths were actually true stories. While you hop between islands, you can imagine how Poseidon rose, usually in fury, from the depths of that sapphire water. You begin to relate to Odysseus’s desire to just luxuriate for 20 years on a white-sand-beach island. And it becomes very clear why the gods, Demi-gods, and oracles chose Greece as their primary residence! Oh–and those fresh olives, feta and grappa … definitely food fit for Spartan battalions!

Germany-Poland-Czech-Austria-Hungary

I’ve been highlighting a lot of nature over the past week–but what about cities? Where nature rejuvenates me, cities ENERGIZE me! Being in nature slows me down, reminding me to savor each moment; I become intimately more connected with my world. But being in a city connects me to HUMANITY. Cities remind us of what we should never forget–especially, that we stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before us. And where better to cry, smile and marvel at history than in Berlin, Krakow, Prague, Vienna and Bucharest?

Morocco

Morocco absolutely DAZZLES the senses! The snow-white peaks of the Atlas Mountains, the azure walls and streets of Chefchaouen, amber sand under a camel’s lumbering gait, the full rainbow of textiles in the souks of Marrakech … and that’s just the feast for your eyes. Now close your eyes and smell the symphony of dried flowers in the market stalls, waiting to be made into perfumes; listen to the silent explosion of stars across the night sky in the middle of the desert; feel the heat of the sun on your winter-weary skin; and now savor the spices that define Moroccan cuisine: cayenne, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, aniseed, seaseme seeds, cumin, paprika, and saffron.

Tanzania and Kenya

Safari through Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater; experience local culture, history and food; end your adventure on the white beaches of the paradise island of Zanzibar.

Costa Rica

Ziplining, whitewater rafting, canyoning, stand up paddleboarding, waterfall jumping and swimming, volcano and jungle hiking, horseback riding, butterflies, frogs, birds, sloths … What are you waiting for??

Patagonia

The power of this enormous landscape will only leave you in awe. Hike across glaciers, kayak in water just shy of being ice, indulge in food grown and raised directly from this earth, follow in Darwin’s footsteps and see the majesty that only a small percentage of your fellow humans have been blessed to see.

Norway

Fjords, waterfalls, glaciers; dramatic vistas from the top of mountains and/or from the deck of a boat–bring at least TWO camera batteries!

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